Core major appliances: unit shipments in the U.S. 2000-2017

The statistic illustrates the total unit shipments for core major appliances from 2005 to 2012 and forecasts up to and including 2017. For 2015 the Appliance Magazine projects total unit shipments of core major appliances to reach 42.9 million units.

Unit shipments of major appliances in the U.S. - additional information

An estimated 46.44 million major household appliances are forecast to be shipped across the United Sates in 2017. These core household appliances include cooking appliances such as gas and electric ranges, as well as laundry appliances, which include built-in and portable dishwashers. Refrigerators also fall into the category of major household appliances and they will account for an estimated 12 million units of the total shipments in 2017.

Household appliance store sales in the United States have grown steadily in the last ten years and the figure for 2013 stood at just under 15.5. billion U.S. dollars. The import of households and kitchen appliances has grown at a similar rate and, in 2013, imports of such products came to a total of 23.4 billion U.S. dollars.

The leading home appliance manufacturer in the United States in 2013 was Whirlpool, which held a market share of just under 40 percent. The Michigan-based company employs around 69,000 people across the globe and announced total revenue of 18.77 billion U.S. dollars in 2013. Whirlpool’s closest competitor in the U.S. market in 2013 was Swedish-owned Electrolux, which held a share of 24.2 percent. Electrolux’s revenue in the U.S. in 2013 came to 4.78 billion U.S. dollars, accounting for around 32 percent of the company’s total global sales.

Total unit shipments of core major household appliances* in the U.S. from 2000 to 2017

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Release date

March 2014


United States

Survey time period

2000 to 2012

Supplementary notes

* The core major appliance (exluding exports) yearly totals include laundry appliances (washers and dryers), cold appliances (refrigerators and freezers), dishwashers, as well as electric and gas ranges and ovens; the yearly totals exclude electric and gas surface cooking units, microwave ovens, disposers, and household trash compactors.

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